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Petition fails on Bennington panhandling ordinance

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BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A petition to repeal an amended panhandling ordinance in Bennington, Vt., has failed.

The Rutland Herald reports the ordinance, which was criticized as an attempt to make it illegal to be homeless or poor, was passed Nov. 25. by the Select Board.

Voters had until 5 p.m. Wednesday to submit petitions to challenge the ordinance, which would prohibit someone from misrepresenting how they would use the proceeds from panhandling; lower the distance a person could panhandle from a business entrance to 10 feet, down from 15; and prohibit people from using their vehicles as housing.

Assistant Town Clerk Cassandra Barbeau said Thursday petitions were turned in and reviewed to be sure the signatures came from voters registered in Bennington. But not enough valid names were identified.

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